#BEA11: Mark Twain May Be Dead, but Print Books Aren’t

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Erin L. Cox At BEA, “The Report of My Death Was Exaggerated — Book Edition” panel did just what the Mark Twain quote did years ago: chastise the media for being too quick to decree the death of print publishing. Though it’s difficult to ignore the e-books are selling like hotcakes, three publishers and one bookseller proved that, for …

Are Publishers Underestimating the Desirability of Print?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, research by Forrester revealed that more than half of publishing executives in the USA anticipate e-books will be the dominant format by 2014. While the exact meaning of the word “dominant” can be debated, it nevertheless suggests a radical shift in consumer habits away from print to digital. It also anticipates widespread use …

Forrester’s James McQuivey Says Digital Publishing is About Economics, Not Format

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Last week, James McQuivey of Forrester Research wrote a blog post summarizing Forrester’s new five-year forecast for e-books in the USA, which predicts that digital book sales would reach $3 billion by 2015, thus drastically altering the publishing industry. In this post, McQuivey also predicted that digitization will happen “faster in book publishing than in any other …

When Is an Ebook No Longer a Book?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s editorial, Deborah Willis writes,”In a world where people read on electronic devices, books may become mash-ups of media, including music, video, and possibly advertising.”  Is there a point when an e-book — augmented, apped and pushing advertising — is no longer a book? Read the story and let us know what you think in comments.

Bound Books vs. Ebooks, That is Still the Question

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

• Canadian author and bookseller Deborah Willis discusses the differences between bound books and e-books. • Willis argues “when books become computers, they will no longer be books.” Ultimately, she feels computers and the web are not well-suited to storytelling and diminish the experience of reading itself. Editorial by Deborah Willis VICTORIA, B.C.: The bound book is an ancient, heavy, …